What was George Washington's foreign policy?

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George Washington took a foreign policy stance that frequently took a neutral response whenever possible; he held the belief that the United States was far too young a country to get involved in foreign affairs.

This was even the case when France—who had heavily aided the American Revolution by supplying money, weapons, and troops to fight against the British—asked for help in a revolution of their own. Washington, sticking to his neutral foreign policy stances, refused to offer any aid in return.

Washington also aimed to negotiate treaties both domestically and abroad. While Britain was coaxing Creek Native Americans to attack western settlers, Washington avoided significant retaliation, choosing instead to negotiate peace with the Natives and to send Americans overseas to negotiate peace treaties in Europe.

In an exercise of democracy, many members of the newly-formed government (and ordinary citizens, too) disagreed with Washington's policies, frequently challenging them. This included his close friend and fellow politician Thomas Jefferson, with whom Washington had a falling out over the issues of foreign policy. Nevertheless, Washington's resignation speech proudly pushed forward the idea of a neutral, if not uninvolved, foreign policy.

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